Notice of Withdrawal
Draft Environmental Assessment
Aurora State Airport Obstruction Removal and North Run-up Apron Improvement Project
Draft Environmental Assessment was made available for public comment:
On July 6, 2020, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Oregon Department of Aviation (ODA) announced the availability of the Draft Environmental Assessment (Draft EA) for the proposed Obstruction Removal and North Run-up Apron Improvement Projects at the Aurora State Airport in Aurora, Marion County, Oregon, for public review and comment. The Draft EA examined the potential environmental impacts of the proposed action to remove obstructions in the runway approach zone to ensure compliance with current FAA safety and operational standards for airport and the north run-up apron improvement project.
Public Involvement and comment:
The Draft EA was available for public review and comment for a 30-day period beginning on July 6, 2020, and ending on August 5, 2020. During the comment period, a number of comments were received regarding the Proposed Action from the Cities of Wilsonville and Aurora, airport users, hangar owners, and members of the public.
After review of the submitted comments and planning documents cited in the draft EA, the FAA has determined that obstruction removal remains justified based on an Airports Geographic Information Systems (AGIS) survey performed in 2016 that identified obstructions to the surrounding airspace at the Aurora State Airport. A new EA, based on the AGIS survey and information presented in the draft EA released in July 2020, will be prepared to examine potential environmental impacts associated with the obstruction removal. The new draft EA will be released to the public for comment. Improvements to the north apron, including a run-up area, will not be included in this effort until further planning has been completed to ensure the project is justified and alternatives have been examined.
The FAA is working with the sponsor to develop a scope of work for a Master Plan Update, which would include reviewing the need for the run-up area and runway extension; if these projects are considered justified and foreseeable, they would be subject to review under the National Environmental Policy Act.